Environmental Protection Agency officials and President Barack Obama don't care what those affected by their plan to close more coal-fired power plants think about the idea. That has been made obvious by the agency's schedule for "listening" hearings on the plan.
Hearings were scheduled in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, a suburb of Kansas City, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Of the top 10 states relying on coal-fired power plants for electricity, not one was represented on the hearing schedule. Some of the cities where "listening" will occur use miniscule percentages of power produced from coal. California, for example, gets 99 percent of its electricity from other sources.
Of course many of those at the hearings will support the EPA plan. If implemented, it will give their businesses and industries a competitive advantage over those in regions the agency hopes to drive away from reasonably priced power from coal, and to more costly sources.
Whatever the EPA thinks about coal, it should at least have the courage to hold its "listening" hearings in places where people have the most to say, even if it is things the EPA?doesn't want to hear.